When the Government of Canada announced the closure of the former Canadian Forces Base Toronto in December of 1995, the site transitioned into two distinct parcels: the Downsview Lands and Downsview Park, both overseen by Canada Lands Company.
Downsview Park is the 291-acre parkland component of the site, completely separate from any development undertaken in the Downsview Lands.
Downsview Park is an ever-evolving and growing space within the centre of the Greater Toronto Area. The Park features passive offerings as an innovative greenspace in an urban setting, as well as providing space for more active uses that involve a diverse range of public programs. The Discovery Centre, an on-site educational facility, is a leading destination for school and community field trips in the Greater Toronto Area, with an emphasis on environmental and outdoor education.
The Discovery Centre hosted students from 96 schools last year and presented collaborative programming along with the Toronto District School Board. Support from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation has also continued to contribute to the growth of Downsview Park’s educational programming. The Park also offers a range of free, nature-based programs to the wider community, allowing families to better connect with the natural world around them. Nature Connection, a free indoor/ outdoor program, enjoyed another successful year with more than 250 participants, an increase over last year.
Programming partners such as Bird Studies Canada, Fresh City Farms and the Toronto Beekeepers Co-operative have enabled Downsview Park to provide unique opportunities for participants throughout the year. Downsview Park, as a very young park, has seen progress in the implementation of several enhancements and features over the last few years as a direct result of important feedback and suggestions from the community, stakeholders and park users. For more information about Downsview Park, please visit www.downsviewpark.ca.